Exploring the Relationship between Religion and Public Health

In this session, we will (1) share preliminary findings from a series of key informant interviews with public health researchers and practitioners on the relationship between religion and public health, and (2) engage participants in a dialogue on the topic. Themes emerging from the interviews will be used to stimulate small group discussions with the conference participants on the principles and approaches that could build connections between religion and public health. Pre-reading will be provided in advance for conference participants to review.

  • Anish Arora

    Anish K. Arora, PhD, MSc, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

  • Yovania Dechtiar

    Yovania Dechtiar holds a dual Master in Social Work and Public Health with a focus on community and policy practice that promotes the health and well-being of children and families. Her most recent work in the US and in Mauritius has focused on analyzing how various populations, including refugees, women in halfway homes, and adolescents in correctional facilities are being served by the systems of care that they have access to.

  • Jon Ehsani

    Jon Ehsani, PhD, MPH, uses policy and behavioral research to prevent motor vehicle crashes and advance the health promoting aspects of transportation. Dr. Ehsani is a Professor at John Hopkins School of Public Health.

  • Andrew R. Hatala

    Andrew R. Hatala, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Andrew conducts qualitative and community-based research in the areas of Psychological Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Indigenous Health, and Community Health Psychology focused on aspects of resilience, wellness, mental health, healing, youth engagement, and spirituality. Andrew is also a recent co-editor on a Taylor and Francis collection entitled Spiritual, Religious and Faith-Based practices in Chronicity.


48th Annual Conference

The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.